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Janet Oakley

Author Janet Oakley, at the Territorial Courthouse in Bellingham, reads from her new novel, “Timber Rose,” at 4 p.m. Sunday, April 6, at Village Books, 1200 11th St.


Bellingham author Janet Oakley reads from her new novel, "Timber Rose," at 4 p.m. Sunday, April 6, at Village Books, 1200 11th St.

Set in 1907, when women are climbing mountains in skirts, loggers are fighting for the eight-hour day, the forests are alive with progress, but not everyone is on board. Mountain climber Caroline Symington comes from a prominent family. When she elopes with an enterprising, working class man bound for the new Forest Service, her father disowns her. Seeking meaning in her new life amidst nature, she's ushered along by a group of like-minded women and a mysterious mountain man.

Janet is an award winning author of memoir essays and novels. Her work appears in various magazines, anthologies and other media, including the Cup of Comfort series and Historylink, the on-line encyclopedia of Washington State history.

She writes social studies curricula for schools and historical organizations, demonstrates 19th century folkways, and was for many years the curator of education at the Skagit County Historical Museum in La Conner. Her historical novels, "Tree Soldier," set in 1930s Pacific NW, and "The Jossing Affair," set in Norway during World War II, were PNWA Literary Contest finalists. "Tree Soldier" went on to win the 2013 EPIC eBook award for historical fiction and grand prize for Chanticleer Book Reviews Lit Contest.

Details: 360-671-2626,


Showing through April at the La Conner Quilt & Textile Museum, 703 Second St., in La Conner, are "Color in Time of Depression," brightly colored quilts made during the 1930s Depression years that brightened the lives of the makers and their families; and "Made by Hand: Marianne Burr," hand painted designs on silk, embellished with a complex design of appliqué and hand stitching (a Kantha stitch variation). Burr's richly-stitched silk surfaces catch the light and seem to glow from within. She is committed to doing her best; and while the design is planned on paper first, it changes as the stitching progresses. Burr derives pleasure in the ongoing challenge and satisfaction of discovering that others enjoy and are inspired by the art she creates.

Also on display this quarter, will be selected quilts from the Schlotterback Collection. The Collection includes quilts spanning more than 50 years. The display will include a Grandmother's Flower Garden, a Lily Quilt, and a Circle Star Quilt along with some other 1930's quilts from our permanent collection.

Admission is $7 general, $5 students, free for ages 12 and younger.

Details: 360-466-4288,


Evan Rumble (, and Tor Jakubcin ( present an interactive installation through Friday, April 11, open from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m., with an opening reception from 4 to 6 p.m. Tuesday, April 8, at Western Washington University's B Gallery, Fine Arts room 118.

The installation features miles worth of VHS tape and low lighting to create a sensory depriving experience. The underlying theme of the exhibition is memory (human memory vs. digital/analog), but the show does not rely on conventional techniques to display this. Tor comes from a background in graphic design, and Evan from art education; neither of the artists are participating in the usual artist studies at WWU, which brings diversity to the exhibit.

Details: 360-991-5980.

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